My decrease leg is recovering a lot quicker than anticipated since my harm the opposite day. I obtained the x-ray outcomes again they usually had been destructive. This doesn’t show I don’t have a stress fracture as a result of they don’t at all times present up on x-rays. However my restoration has been very quick to date which makes me suspect it isn’t a stress fracture. My GP agrees however is referring me to a specialist for a follow-up subsequent Thursday.
It helps that I used to be curious the day of the harm about how impaired the weight-bearing was within the leg. Usually in the event you’re standing on one leg you’re taking 100% of your physique weight on that leg, and this naturally happens throughout a standard strolling gait. I knew it damage to stroll with out a walker or cane for help and was curious how a lot weight the leg may take, pain-free. Time for a complicated science experiment. I obtained out my lavatory scale and stood on it with the injured leg, whereas supporting myself with fingers pushing down on the counter. I relaxed the help so extra weight went on the leg, seemed on the scale, and famous when it began to harm. On the primary day, this was 110 kilos, which is 61% of my present physique weight of 180. I’m glad I assumed to do this as a result of I’ve repeated the check on subsequent days, and it has quickly gone up. By right this moment I can help greater than my physique weight on the leg pain-free. I pulled up on the counter to extend the load, and it was not painful till 235 kilos, which is about 133% of my physique weight.
This implies in concept I may begin strolling usually, however I’m unsure I ought to do this whereas nonetheless therapeutic, so I’m nonetheless utilizing a cane. The difficulty is confused by the truth that this is similar leg I injured on the hip a few years in the past, aggravating the piriformis muscle. This harm by no means went 100% away, however I management it with some PT workouts and by spinning on my indoor recumbent to loosen it up. When it flares up, the “piriformis syndrome” causes sciatic ache to radiate down the leg, which is tough to tell apart from the ache of the harm. I observed I used to be in fairly a little bit of ache on Thursday within the decrease leg however not on the spot it damage the place I injured it. I suspected that was coming from the piriformis, so I did some very easy spinning on the recumbent and it felt significantly better. I’ve stored that up and likewise restarted my piriformis PT workouts. I believe the spinning, which is barely calmly loading the decrease leg however will increase blood circulate, additionally helps with therapeutic. I even went for a 30-minute trip on my recumbent pain-free this morning (it helps that I’ve electrical help, I can simply use as a lot help as wanted to maintain the pedal strain low sufficient).
I’m interested by what the harm is that if not a stress fracture, I suppose some type of tender tissue like a ligament pressure (the ache is within the anterior shin splint space). I’ll know extra on Thursday once I see the specialist, nevertheless it seems I could also be a a lot shorter rehab than I initially thought. That’s nice for my frame of mind. With the ability to do a minimum of half-hour of simple biking or strolling a day may be very enjoyable for me. I’m already there on the recumbent, and I hope to get again there rapidly for strolling and standing as much as pedal.
I’ve observed that earlier than with setbacks like these. After I’m 100% wholesome, I at all times are likely to push more durable or longer as a result of it’s enjoyable for me (and I believe my “inside athlete” nonetheless thinks it’s a teen). However once I’m rehabbing from harm or surgical procedure, I lengthy for the day once I can simply get again to good simple enjoyable exercises. There’s a lesson there someplace.